US led coalition forces claim to have seized a senior leader of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) IN A NIGHTTIME ASSAULT IN NORTHERN SYRIA,.
According to a coalition statement, the individual was “an expert bomb builder and operational facilitator.” Hani Ahmed al-Kurdi was his name, according to officials. Two helicopters dropped troops in al-Humayra, near the Turkish border in opposition-held Aleppo province, according to a monitoring group.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were seven minutes of gun skirmishes between forces and residents within the village before the helicopters flew out. It was later reported that they landed in a base in the Kobane region of eastern Aleppo province, which is controlled by Turkish-backed rebel fighters.
Mohammed Youssef, a resident of al-Humayra, claimed the military assaulted a house on the outskirts of the hamlet where he believed displaced persons from Aleppo were staying.
“After the helicopters left, we went towards the house and found the women tied up and the children in the field,” he told AFP news agency.
“They took one man with them, but we don’t know where the other men are. After we untied them [the women], they said: ‘They took a man named Fawaz.'”
The US mission was “carefully designed to minimize the potential of collateral damage or civilian harm,” according to the coalition statement. “The operation was a success; no civilians were hurt, no coalition personnel were injured, and no coalition aircraft or assets were damaged.”
According to the Washington Post, the arrested IS leader was Ahmed Kurdi, who was also known as the “wali,” or governor, of Raqqa. Raqqa is a city east of Aleppo that served as the de facto capital of IS’s “caliphate” declared in 2014 after the group captured huge swaths of Syria and Iraq and imposed its cruel rule on millions of people.
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